Michael Moore, one of Candidate Barack Obama’s biggest supporters begs President Barack Obama not to send more troops in an Open Letter to the President. Moore says:
“Dear President Obama,
Do you really want to be the new “war president”? If you go to West Point tomorrow night (Tuesday, 8pm) and announce that you are increasing, rather than withdrawing, the troops in Afghanistan, you are the new war president. Pure and simple. And with that you will do the worst possible thing you could do — destroy the hopes and dreams so many millions have placed in you. With just one speech tomorrow night you will turn a multitude of young people who were the backbone of your campaign into disillusioned cynics. You will teach them what they’ve always heard is true — that all politicians are alike. I simply can’t believe you’re about to do what they say you are going to do. Please say it isn’t so. Read Michael Moore’s full letter here.
There’s another voice that can not be put aside. Matthew Hoh is saying “”We’re propping up a government that isn’t worth dying for.” Here’s a video from one of our past posts.
From Roger Morris and George Kenny at The Huffington Post:
The rare resignation on principle is always telling in American government. When Matthew Hoh recently left the State Department — a Marine Captain in Iraq who became a diplomat in Afghanistan — his act was significant far beyond the first reports. Hoh speaks grim truth to power. His message is that to pursue the Afghan war policy in any guise — regardless of the troop level President Obama now chooses — will be utter folly, trapping America in an unwinnable civil war in the Hindu Kush, and only fueling terrorism.
An advisor in southern Afghanistan, Hoh knew the malignancy of want behind the war. Eight years after the U.S. invasion and a third of a trillion dollars spent, half the nation faces starvation on 45 cents a day, half the children die before five, and half the surviving young have no schools, part of a torment Afghans plead in poll after poll to be understood as the core of their conflict. He knew well the source of that scourge in the U.S.-installed Kabul regime, a kleptocracy of war- and drug-lords holed up amid American bodyguards in “poppy palaces,” while clan-based “security forces” loot the countryside, sodomize its sons, and swell insurgent ranks. “We’re propping up a government,” Hoh said last week, “that isn’t worth dying for.” So pervasive and profound is that corruption, so entwined with the private exploitation and official graft of the U.S. occupation regime — including kickbacks or extortion payments from both the American military and civilian aid programs to both the new Kabul plutocracy and the multi-layered Taliban — that the morass makes every other issue of policy moot. Read more here.
Meanwhile, in a letter to the Pakistan Government President Obama warns that “…that if it cannot deliver against terrorists, the US may be impelled to use “any means” at its disposal…”
This looks like an expansion of the war zone for American troops. This means that the U.S. is prepared to use its military forces across the border from Afghanistan to kill “insurgents” on Pakistan soil, and if Pakistan does not go along with this, there will be financial repercussions. Read more here.
The U.S. all ready has been using Assassination Predator Drones in Pakistan since the Bush Administration. Pakistan wants the U.S. to give them control of the Drones, but so far, the U.S. has refused. Here’s what one of the Drones can cover:
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On Monday Morning, call President Obama:
Take Action Now: It is not too late !
Call President Obama: To reach the U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202-456-1111 or 202-224-3121 or 202-225-3121. Leave a message: No more Troops. End the War(s). Call Leon Panetta at (703) 482-0623, CIA headquarters, leave a message: Stop the use of Assassination Drones and don’t attack Quetta, End the War(s).
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